The UCC Centre for Global Development is committed to strengthening engagement in the developing world by maximizing research and teacher programmes to benefit the greater whole both locally and globally. Many UCC staff members are already linked with the developing world through teaching, research and volunteering. The centre is a formal structure maintaining global ties and establishing more educational links with higher institutions in the developing world. UCC already boasts a few jointly awarded programmes such as the partnership with the University of Mekelle in Ethiopia offering a Masters degree in Rural Development. With the establishment and intent of the new centre we will surely see more global partnerships in the near future!